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Integrating the Local

and the Contemporary

Lesson 10
Objectives: By the end of the lesson,
you are expected to:

 state
the main characteristics of the “local” as
material for contemporary art;
 identify
the range of local materials that can be
integrated into art; and
 demonstratethe ways by which local materials
and techniques can translate
What is meant by the word “local” and
how can it be used as material for
contemporary art?
 The “Local” can refer to material that is easily available,
like bamboo. The local can also refer to wherever the
artist finds himself or herself.
 We associate the word “local” with a sense of place, for
example, our hometowns. But the concept can be
adapted to any immediate vicinity the artists finds
himself/herself in.
 Adapting the local, and turning to creativity to make use
of all resources available.
 For a generation possessing web-based technologies,
these resources can be from the virtual environment,
independent of the notion of place.
 Found Object – Originally non-art objects that are incorporated into a
work, undisguised, with little to no creative modifications to its original
appearance. The use of existing objects but isolated in the context of art
forces the audience to contemplate the inherent or philosophical qualities in
things often overlooked.

 Ready-made – a term used originally by Marcel Duchamp to series of

found object artworks where he selected existing, everyday commercial
objects, designating them as art with no alteration to its form and assigning
titles to them. The Goal of Duchamp was to emphasize how the artist’s intent
on declaring w/c object he/she imbued with meaning was important in
considering that it was art.
 Performance Art – an art form where the artist executes an artwork in
front of alive audience; the process by which the artist creates, by means of
movement (the fact that it cannot be perfectly replicated even if executed
with the same methods), emphasizes the process more than the end
product, if there is any.

 Site-Specific – a characteristic of Contemporary Art that allows for

an artwork’s meaning to have a direct relationship to a specific
location where it is seen or experienced. Changing the location of the
work would mean a change in the interpretation of its value of
meaning (e.g., a graffiti artwork as seen the street vs. the same bulul
as displayed inside the BenCab museum in Bagiuo).
 Collaborative – a characteristic of Contemporary Art wherein the end
product is created with the involvement of two or more artist. Collaborative
artworks often presents multiple complex avenues for analysis. See
subsection in Lesson 5 –B. Transaction Collaborative Works of National Artist.

 Interactive – a characteristic of Contemporary Art that recognizes how

the audience has the potential to change or add to the meaning of an
artwork. The work is then designed in a way that the audience is asked or
encouraged to interact with the piece or certain elements of it; the effects of
this process are included in the analysis of the artist’s intent.

 Artists’ Initiatives –Support activities in art funded or sponsored

by other artist.